“I’m an avid photographer.
I want to photograph people,” said the former photographer.
“I feel like I’ve done this since I was a kid, and it’s been something that I’ve wanted to do my whole life.”
That’s when he started taking photos for weddings in his hometown, the tiny city of Sacramento, a city of only 1,000 people.
“I remember I was taking photos in the streets of Sacramento when the police were on top of us, and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that’s weird,'” said Eric St. Louis, a 30-year-old who works in the wedding photography business.
“But when I realized that I wasn’t going to get shot, I knew I had to do something about it.”
St. Louis began taking photographs of himself in front of his home and at his wedding in 2016.
But when he went to work for a wedding photographer in Sacramento in 2018, he was immediately approached by the police.
“They came and pulled me aside and said, ‘Are you willing to give us a photograph?’
And I said, I was going to have to go into hiding,” he said.
Louis had no intention of hiding, and that’s when a man approached him.
“And they were like, ‘Okay, this is a pretty big deal, because we’ve got to know that you took a photograph,'” St. Louis recalled.
“And I said I didn’t want to take a photograph of myself.
I didn, so I didn: I took a picture of the person who had approached me.”
St Louis was released from the police station, and he was reunited with his family.
He said that he’s never been more thankful for a relationship than with his wife, Heather, a photographer who is a mother of two and has worked with him for years.
“She’s a big part of the reason I wanted to get married,” St. Lufkin said.
“She’s very, very smart, and she knows what she’s doing.”
St Louis was also honored for his courage by the Sacramento City Council.
He’s been featured on the city’s website and on the Sacramento Bee.